James Dondero has over three decades in the financial arena, and he is a pioneer of a myriad of financial strategies. In addition to his vast experience, James Dondero is also the president and co-founder of the highly successful financial firm known as Highland Capital Management. He has won many awards over his three decades in the field of finance, and he has been appointed to the board of directors of a number of financial institutions. James Dondero also has a number of certifications to his name, and he has an impressive educational background as well. He is easily one of the most recognized names in finance out of the state of Texas where Highland Capital Management has its headquarters, and he’s also across the globe as one of the best hedge fund managers there is. In 1996, he was one of the first people to utilize and pioneer the non-bank Collateralized Loan Obligation. Highland Capital Management is the centerpiece of James Dondero’s financial achievements, and it is where he spends the vast majority of his mostly occupied time. Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. The firm is located primarily in Dallas, Texas, and it has offices across the globe in cities such as New York, Singapore and Seoul. It is known as an alternative investment management firm, which means it operates outside of the traditional stocks, bonds and cash. It is a flexible term and can include coins, stamps, antiques, art, precious metals and even wine. Traditionally, alternative investments are more in the areas of private equities, distressed securities, venture capital and hedge funds. James Dondero has steered Highland Capital Management’s alternative investment management into the fields of fixed income, global public equity and hedging markets. In hedging markets, he has made sure the firm focuses on structured products, high yield bonds and leveraged loans James Dondero has guided Highland Capital Management into a successful direction. The firm currently has over $21 billion in assets under management. In other words, James Dondero’s firm is in charge of managing the total wealth of its clients that equals around that amount. The assets under management has grown significantly just in the last couple years. In 2014, the firm was clocked at just under $19 billion in assets under management, but the total has grown over $3 billion as of spring of 2015. James Dondero has also helped develop successful subsidiaries to Highland Capital Management, which are publicly traded. The Highland Credit Strategy Fund and Highland Distressed Opportunities are both managed by James Dondero and Highland Capital Management, and both are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. James Dondero has a solid educational foundation to go along with his uncanny talent for finance. He graduated from the University of Virginia with his degree in commerce that emphasizes his studies in finance and accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. The sky is the limit for James Dondero and Highland Capital Management.